Active Music Listening Wednesday July 18, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 448
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 245
Not good music:173
Buys: 13 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Glenn Hansard, Ebo Taylor, Sigur Ros, Le Super Borgou De Parakou, Left Lane Cruiser/James Leg, Cedric Pescia: John Cage Sonatas, Chatham County Line, Dennis Bovell

I listened to three Bandcamp recordings.

@@@ Dennis Bovell: Mek it Run (Pressure Sounds, 2012).  I checked out AllMusic and it does appear that these are baked tapes from the 1970’s that have been remixed.  There is most definitely a modern sound to the tapes, but not in an annoying way and there is enough bass nastiness on the record for the biggest bassheads out there.  This being Lynton Kwesi Johnson’s former bass player he wouldn’t let you down with thin ass mealy faced dub.  I need to check this release out but this could make my best of the year list.

@@@ Darling Farah: Division (2011)  I don’t usually dig the hardcore club music and I loathe the sort of electro pop dance that is so unfortunately everywhere, but I dug this minimalist four on the floor club record as I thought it was rhythmically more complex than what I usually hear and it has a weird ass funkiness to it.

@@@ Bethia Beadman: Made of Love (Self-released, 2012).  Found this record over here at The Quietus.  An unorthodox and somewhat slippery voice over a minimalist indie backing band.  The second tune, Glow Baby Glow has a pretty impressive epic guitar intro that comes down into a slow moving hipster song about she burns and he basks inthe glow.  It’s all right.

@@@ Nas: Life is Good.  (Def Jam, 2012).  Good beats and then odd arrangements with big string and horn intros and big vocal intros followed by Nas hitting the microphone.  So it’s an odd combination of cheese and gangsta.

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